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Update on area weather warnings (3:35 a.m. update)

Saturday, January 25, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
WEATHER STATEMENT
 
ENVIRONMENT CANADA
 
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Blowing snow warning continued for Sault Ste. Marie - St. Joseph Island - Searchmont - Montreal River Harbour - Batchawana Bay - Manitoulin Island - Espanola - Killarney - Blind River - Thessalon -Greater Sudbury and vicinity - Elliot Lake - Ranger Lake

Poor visibilities in blowing snow continues tonight.

Strong southwest winds gusting to 70 km/h combined with moderate snow fall are expected to produce prolonged periods of visibilities less than half a kilometre in snow and blowing snow.

Winds and snowfall are expected to taper off late this evening over Superior East regions but will continue into this tonight north of Georgian Bay.

Driving conditions could become hazardous and motorists should exercise caution when venturing out on the highways.

Wind chill warning continued for Manitouwadge - Hornepayne

Developing brisk northwest winds and clearing skies are expected to bring temperatures down to near minus thirty degrees tonight.

Wind chill values are expected to be near minus 40 during the late overnight period tonight and early Saturday morning.

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Me Myself an I 1/24/2014 12:16:27 PM Report

Roads already getting bad, and people aren't adjusting, seen three accidents already. Drive safe people
atoz 1/24/2014 12:22:40 PM Report

I hope they don't close hwy 17 at searchmont again, i have to go to work this afternoon.. unfortunately... lol
thecobra 1/24/2014 12:54:53 PM Report

The roads and visibility here in Wawa are brutal. Driving even in town is a challenge. Be careful out there.
sportsman 1/24/2014 5:00:40 PM Report

Cars have to slow down,too much in a hurry.
Tag33&1/3rd 1/24/2014 6:21:36 PM Report

No warning about this yesterday at all!!
Ridiculous amount of snow! You would think they woulda saw it coming?
Sam C 1/24/2014 10:11:09 PM Report

@Tag... "they" did see it coming, but it just came further south than "they" were expecting.

Welcome to winter in Sault Ste Marie.
OICU812 1/24/2014 10:11:48 PM Report

Snow is awesome, enjoy it. Its part of being Canadian I say Eh !!
SaultGuy78 1/24/2014 10:15:21 PM Report

I love how the city just sits on their thumbs and waits for the snow to stop falling before they do anything. The roads are absolutely horrible (was on them because I had no other choice).

In a lot of places you don't have to worry about crossing the center line because there's a 1 foot snowbank showing you where the middle of the road is. I was crossing vehicle tracks, from people changing lanes, on McNabb that were so deep I had to counter-steer to prevent my (slow moving) vehicle off the road.

I think we pay enough city taxes that they can get workers out clearing the roads in the middle of a snowstorm. This waiting till the storm comes to an end is absolutely ridiculous. Some of us have no choice but to go out in the storm, and others are just stupid and will go out regardless of weather because they think 4x4 means they can't get in an accident.
thera 1/24/2014 10:31:32 PM Report

@ SaultGuy78:

You are exactly right. I was coming home from the greyhound game and it was the same on Queen street and Wellington East. I drive a car and I had to accelerate when I needed to turn left to get over the snowbank in the center of the road. Horrible.
willoweep 1/25/2014 3:15:48 AM Report

I just called the weather network and told them we are well past the 10 cm they predicted .I would say we have well over a foot of snow and nothing on the weather Channel ,and no sign of it letting up.
Hell if this was southern Ontario we sure would hear about it.

Yes I know we live in the North and we expect a certain amount of snow but damn ,like someone said some of us have to go out storm or not .

No warnings ,no updates .

The hills at least could have been sanded earlier today .

I saw they were sanding Great Northern on way to Drs wouldn't it make more sense to do St Georges & North street? hills first?
Retreaded 1/25/2014 7:40:41 AM Report

Graders should be out continually on all main streets. Snow banks should be cleared daily if necessary on the main arterial routes. Drivers need to accept that there are now only one and half lanes...not two and quit trying to squeeze by.
highway1 1/25/2014 9:25:23 AM Report

You should expect snow, cold, and all the burdens that are imposed, in the winter in SSM.
Life in the North - eh? Roll with it!
OICU812 1/25/2014 10:16:35 AM Report

We pay tax for two lanes, whats this lane and a 1/2 BS ? City use to keep both lanes open . I think head of Board of Works should answer to this one. No excuse why we have 1.5 lanes now all over town. I can see if it was right after a snow storm, but comeone that street that runs off wellington by Superior Dodge on the cornor there there is no south bound lane. Snow bank is all the way to the yellow line.


Mark Brown - Go Get Em !!!
griffin 1/25/2014 11:33:53 AM Report

Agree that the city is waiting too long to start clearing snow during a dump. Who wrote the rule that plows wait for the end of the storm?
It is UNSAFE regardless of safe driving habits. Am sick of police blaming the drivers all the time. This is the north. The city needs to cope. Streets conditions are disgraceful and snow removal is not done in a timely manner
1 1/2 lanes is NOT how it used to be unless after a storm. This is not good for business so how can the city stand by their slogan "we are open for business" at this time of year?
cheeky36 1/25/2014 1:58:08 PM Report

This storm in any southern city would be talk of any Major News/Weather Channels. As well our border friends in Michigan would call for a State of Emergency. In my opinion we are all okay, city is open for business and life in Northern Ontario goes on!

Rock and Roll Sooites!
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